Bilingual Literary Event at Le Murate

The public is invited to to listen to American poet Zack Rogow at Le Murate Literary Café (via Ghibellina) on Wednesday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm.  He will read his work in English, followed by an Italian translation. Zack Rogow is a poet, translator, playwright, and editor. He has published eight collections of poems, including Talking with the Radio (2015), My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers (2012), and The Number Before Infinity (2008). Since 2007, Rogow has been [...]

Free Concert in Tribute to Franco Zeffirelli

A world premiere by a contemporary composer along with a selection from time-honored classics by Puccini are on the program on Saturday, May 5 (3:30 pm) in a free event at the concert hall of Zeffirelli Foundation in piazza San Firenze 5. The concert, in homage to the filmmaker internationally known for “Romeo and Juliet,” (1968), “The Taming of the Shrew,” (1967), “Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” (1972) and “The Champ” (1979), “Hamlet” (1990)  [...]

Liberation Day Concert at Teatro Verdi

This week offers the chance to reserve tickets to a free concert at Teatro Verdi in Florence. The Orchestra della Toscana commemorates April 25, a national holiday to recognize the role that resistance fighters (partigiani) had in liberating Italy from Nazi and Fascist forces with an event titled “Peace & Love: Dreaming for a Better World” at 9 pm. The performance provides an opportunity to relive the liberation through the sounds that characterized [...]

Writers and Human Rights: A Talk in English

Writers and Human Rights is a free talk in English that will take place on Friday, April 20 (5 pm) at the Altana in Palazzo Strozzi. The public is welcome to this event organized by PEN International, a global association of writers who promote freedom of expression and the safety of writers who defend human rights worldwide. At Writers and Human Rights, The Board of PEN International will conduct a series of public [...]

Free Voice and Organ Concert at the Duomo

A free musical event entitled “The human voice and the voice of the organ” will take place on Friday, April 13 at 9:15 pm. The concert will be held at the Duomo with free admission. Musical artists Henry Zanovello (organist) and Gemma Bertagnolli (singer) will be featured. Zanovello is an award-winning musician and Bertagnolli is known for her Baroque style, including a repertoire that reaches from Bach to Mahler. The evening will include a [...]

Free Florence Easter Week Concerts

O FLOS COLENDE (Monday, March 26). Free admission. The 2018 “O Flos Colende” series inaugural evening at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore will feature the Tuscan premiere of the psalm Laetatus sum, recently attributed to Vivaldi, who is also represented on the program with Concerto for Strings in G Minor and the Trio Sonata in G major. The Modo Antiquo ensemble conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli will interpret Bach’s Pslam 51, [...]

Firenze Bio, A New Organic Food Fair

Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25: FIRENZE BIO. Fortezza da Basso (1 Viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence) daily from 10 – 7 pm. Free admission. Firenze Bio is a new major organic food fairs here in Florence with a focus on cooking ingredients. This market will showcase vendors who are dedicated to the highest quality organic products and community initiatives. The four main themes of the fair are organic food, body wellness products, eco-friendly daily [...]

Free Fauré Concert in Ognissanti

The church of Ognissanti will come alive with the sound of classical music on Sunday, January 28 at 4:15 pm with a free concert. The performance is organized by the International Youth Orchestra Festival and the San Felice Academy (London) in collaboration with Florence’s Cathedral.  The program will feature the music of French composer Gabriel Fauré, specifically his Requiem in D minor.  Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. The orchestral part will be entrusted [...]

Baptistery Now Free for Florence Residents

The Baptistery, part of the city’s Cathedral complex, is now free to residents of Florence and towns and villages of what was formerly known as the province of Florence starting on January 8, 2018.  Those eligible must show a valid ID card at the entrance.  Hours are 8:15 – 10:15 am, 11:15 am – 8 pm Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 2 pm on Sunday and the first Saturday of the month. [...]

Free Guided Tours at Innocenti Museum

Tour guides will provide guided visits at the Innocenti museum at no extra charge (excluding the normal admission price of €7, €15 for two adults and two children) through January 7 between 11 am and 5 pm.  This provides a savings on a €10 ticket that comprises a audio guide. Chartered in 1419 as the first lay organization in the world to provide a home for abandoned infants, the Foundling Hospital of the [...]